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August 21, 2017:
Captain Morgan said some bigger fluke have been showing this week in the mouths of the harbors and rivers. This is something that we count on every year when the snappers fill in. Three-waying a live snapper is a great way to connect, but even tipping a jig with a belly strip or a whole snapper will tempt some doormats as well. Bluefish action overall has been picking up; snappers are in heavy in all harbors and rivers, smaller blues have invaded the nearshore waters too. For those looking to ca$h in on the WICC grand prize, your best bet is to fish deep with chunk bait. Remember the WICC is set for next weekend and the deadline to register is closing time on Friday night. Bass fishing has been up and down—more up than down though. The guys doing best are fishing after dark with eels. Sea bassing is dominated by shorts until you get out into 75 to 85 feet. Out there, on the right structure, keepers to 5 pounds are possible. Porgy action remains red hot. Shark fishers have been doing very well between 5 and 10 miles off of Montauk—very good action.

Previous Reports

  • August 14, 2017 Open or Close

    Captain Morgan said he feels like some big bluefish might be moving in over the next week or so. He said that there had been a good slug of big blues out deep and they seem to moving in. Inshore the bluefish action is comprised mostly of fish under 10 pounds, let's hope those teeners move in before the WICC. Striper fishing has required a little work this week, some of the rips have been decent and so have a few river mouths. Capt. recommends Six Mile, Faulkners and Charles and fishing in the rips. Snappers are in thick and the fluke are taking notice, try drifting live snappers in any major inlet. The WICC deadline is Friday, August 25th, don't forget to sign up for your chance to win that big pile of cash!

  • August 7, 2017 Open or Close

    Captain Morgan said the moon tides were cranking by the end of the week and the bass were responding. He said that there weren't any monsters to talk about, but good numbers of 20- to 25-pound fish were taking eels and chunks with a few touching 30. Porgy action has been very good in shallow water locally. Not many guys have been trying, but tog action has been good for the few still giving it an honest effort. Bluefishing has been spotty; the bigger fish are taking chunks in deep water. Hopefully the bite will come together before the WICC which is slated for August 26 and 27. Fluking has been picking up, there were good reports from Six Mile, Faulkners and Kimberly. Sea bass action has been so-so, but your chances are best out deep. Blue-crabbing has been getting better this week too.

  • July 31, 2017 Open or Close

    Captain Morgan said Friday night before the Nor'easter was red hot for bass, fish well into the 20-pound class strapped on the feedbag Friday night eating eels and fresh bunker with abandon at several spots—they seemed to be especially keyed-in on river and harbor mouths. Porgies are still hot, sizes have come down a bit, but there's no shortage of bites. Bigger fluke are starting to move shallower this week as the snappers have started move in. Check river and harbor mouths for fluke in the 5- to 7-pound class, live snappers would be your best bet. Blues are starting to show out in the Sound this week now, poppers and other topwaters were working this week.

  • July 24, 2017 Open or Close

    Captain Morgan said there are lots of bunker in the area right now and these are some of the biggest bunker they've seen all year. There are some bass on them, but no really big ones—mostly 20 to 25 pounds. Sea bassing has slowed down a bit; the guys that are still making it happen are fishing deep or heading over to Montauk. The best bluefish action has been confined to the mouths of the local harbors. Snappers are beginning to show now as well. Fluking reports have been mixed; the guys fishing shallower water are having trouble finding a legal fish, but those that are fishing big baits out deep are picking a few good ones in the 7- to 9-pound range. Porgy action has been very good this week and the few guys hunting for blackfish have been hooking up with ease.

Captain Morgan's Bait & Tackle
21 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443
phone: 203-245-8665

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